Borough of Sharon Hill, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm devices — See Ch. 95.
Building construction codes — See Ch. 125.
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 130.
Recovery of costs — See Ch. 172, Art. I.
Oil-burning equipment — See Ch. 240.
[Adopted 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019 (Ch. 62 of the 1972 Code)]

§ 175-1 Adoption of standards.

[Amended 4-9-1980 by Ord. No. 1088]
There is hereby adopted by the Borough Council of Sharon Hill, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain code known as the "National Fire Codes," which is presently published by the National Fire Protection Association and which presently has 16 volumes, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein.

§ 175-2 Establishment and duties of Bureau of Fire Prevention.

A. 
The Fire Prevention Code shall be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Fire Department of the Borough of Sharon Hill, which is hereby established and which shall be operated under the supervision of the Chief of the Fire Department.
B. 
The Fire Marshal shall be appointed by the Borough Council. His appointment shall continue during good behavior and satisfactory service.
C. 
An Assistant Fire Marshal shall be appointed by the Borough Council. The Assistant Fire Marshal need not be a resident of Sharon Hill Borough, and the term of appointment shall continue during good behavior and satisfactory service.
[Added 8-28-2014 by Ord. No. 1372]

§ 175-3 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article and the Fire Prevention Code adopted hereby, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CORPORATION COUNSEL
The Solicitor for the Borough of Sharon Hill.
MUNICIPALITY
The Borough of Sharon Hill.

§ 175-4 Storage of explosives and blasting agents prohibited.

The limits referred to in Section 12.5b of the Fire Prevention Code, in which storage of explosives and blasting agents is prohibited, are hereby established as follows: the corporate limits of the Borough of Sharon Hill.

§ 175-5 Storage of flammable liquids in outside aboveground tanks and new bulk plants prohibited.

A. 
The limits referred to in Section 16.22a of the Fire Prevention Code, in which storage of flammable liquids in outside aboveground tanks is prohibited, are hereby established as follows: the corporate limits of the Borough of Sharon Hill.
B. 
The limits referred to in Section 16.61 of the Fire Prevention Code, in which new bulk plants for flammable or combustible liquids are prohibited, are hereby established as follows: the corporate limits of the Borough of Sharon Hill.

§ 175-6 Bulk storage of liquefied petroleum gas restricted.

The limits referred to in Section 21.6a of the Fire Prevention Code, in which bulk storage of liquefied petroleum gas is restricted, are hereby established as follows: the corporate limits of the Borough of Sharon Hill.

§ 175-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-9-1980 by Ord. No. 1088; 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article or the code adopted hereby, before any Magisterial District Judge, shall be subject to a maximum fine as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, of the Borough's Code, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both. All such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time, and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate violation.
[Adopted 3-27-2014 by Ord. No. 1365]

§ 175-8 Title.

This article shall be called the "Sharon Hill Key Lock Box ('Knox-Box®') Ordinance."

§ 175-9 Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the identified words shall mean as follows:
AUTOMATIC FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
A system or assembly of piping, valves, controls and sprinklers which are designed and installed to comply with the NFPA standards, which utilize water, foam, CO2 or other gas to automatically react to suppress fire.
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any occupancy.
CENTRAL STATION
An office of a private company to which remote alarm and supervisory signaling devices are transmitted and where personnel are in attendance at all times to supervise the circuits and investigate signals.
FIRE MARSHAL
Municipal official (Fire Marshal) or designee responsible for enforcement of this article.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Equipment which automatically actuates a fire alarm when the detecting element is exposed to fire, smoke, abnormal rise or decrease in temperature, or activation of a sprinkler or extinguishing system or manually activated device.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Fire company providing fire/rescue protection and services to Sharon Hill Borough.
KEY LOCK BOX (KNOX BOX)
A high security key vault which is listed under the UL 1610 and the UL 1037 standards, master-keyed with a Medeco Level 7 or equivalent lock, and keyed to the key configuration provided by the fire department that provides service in the Borough.
KNOX PADLOCK
Lock that secures perimeter or fire access gates, sprinkler systems and shutoff valves constructed of heavy-duty steel body with weather-resistant cover that is opened by the Knox master key.
STANDPIPE SYSTEM
A wet or dry system of piping, valves, outlets and related equipment designed to provide water at specified pressures and installed exclusively for the fighting of fires.

§ 175-10 Mandatory key lock boxes for fire-suppression and standpipe systems.

Each building within the Borough which is protected by an automatic fire-suppression or standpipe system and not manned during a twenty-four-hour, seven-day-a-week operation shall be equipped with a key lock box. The key lock box shall be at a location approved by the Fire Marshal. The key lock box shall be a Knox-Box® type and size approved by the Fire Marshal.

§ 175-11 Mandatory key lock boxes for fire alarm systems.

When a building is protected by an automatic fire alarm system (central station, external audible alarm), the Fire Marshal shall require a key lock box to be installed at that location. The key lock box shall be a Knox-Box® type and size approved by the Fire Marshal.

§ 175-12 Mandatory key lock boxes for hazardous materials.

The Fire Marshal shall require a key lock box to be installed for any facility, firm or corporation which handles, uses or stores hazardous materials and/or is required to prepare the emergency services material safety data sheets (MSDS) or hazardous chemical inventory forms under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III). All pertinent documents shall be stored in a lock box document vault. This includes any facility, firm or corporation operating structures that handle, use or store hazardous materials. The key lock box shall be a Knox-Box® type and size approved by the Fire Marshal.

§ 175-13 Security padlocks.

When a property contains a building or structure that is protected by a locked fence or gate, the Fire Marshal may require a Knox® padlock to be installed at a location approved by the Fire Marshal.

§ 175-14 Applicability.

This article shall not apply to one- and two-family dwellings and individual townhouse units. For the purpose of this article, individual townhouse units are considered single-family by unit. This article includes any commercial or industrial structures, multifamily residential and apartment complexes, governmental buildings, nursing care facilities, educational buildings, places of assembly (churches), and other at-risk properties.

§ 175-15 Key lock box contents.

The owner or operator of a structure subject to this article is required at all times to keep a key(s) in the lock box that will allow access to the structure. The key lock boxes shall contain the following:
A. 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether in interior or exterior of such buildings.
B. 
Keys to locked mechanical rooms.
C. 
Keys to locked elevator rooms and controls.
D. 
Keys to any fenced or secured areas.
E. 
Keys to any other area that may be required by the Fire Marshal after a written notice.
F. 
A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers for such building.
G. 
Keys to areas of the building where fire alarm panels and fire protection systems are located.
H. 
An inventory of the keys is to be posted inside all lock boxes, as per approval of the Fire Marshal.
I. 
In lieu of having the interior keys in the exterior lock box, a second lock box may be located within the main lobby of the building to hold these keys.

§ 175-16 Installation.

The Knox-Box® identified by the Fire Marshal shall be installed per the requirements of the Fire Marshal between six and eight feet above ground unless approved at a higher or lower level by the Fire Marshal. The Borough must provide written notice and provide the owner 30 days to install the lock box. A permit/registration with the Borough is required prior to the installation of a Knox-Box® in order to verify the proper mounting location and installation of said Knox-Box®. If a permit/registration fee is required, the fee will be set in a corresponding resolution as periodically amended.

§ 175-17 Enforcement.

The Borough Fire Marshal, upon consultation with the Sharon Hill Fire Company Fire Chief, shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system, shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the Borough, and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.

§ 175-18 Violations and penalties.

Failure to install the box after 30 days according to the directions by the Fire Marshal enables the Borough to install said box at the owner's expense. The owner of a building so designated to install a box can appeal that determination to the Borough Council within 30 days after notification to do so. Failure to install a Knox-Box® in the required time frame will subject the owner of the property to a fine of $300.

§ 175-19 Optional applicability.

Owners or applicants of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouse units may utilize the lock box system upon consultation with and issuance of proper permits/registration by the Fire Marshal. The lock box shall be a Knox® brand of a type and size approved by the Fire Marshal.

§ 175-20 Security.

The security procedures in place by the Delaware County 911 Center will be followed. No steps, displays, sign or other fixtures or structure protrusions shall be located under the box which would allow intruders to access the box without assistance.

§ 175-21 Compliance.

All existing buildings shall comply with this article six months from its effective date. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for certificates of occupancy shall comply immediately upon approval of this article. This article shall take effect immediately upon its passage.

§ 175-22 Maintenance.

It shall be the owner's responsibility to ensure that the proper keys are placed in the Knox-Box® after any changes are made to keys within the building, along with maintaining the current contact list in box.